Monday, August 16, 2010

DIY: The Ruffled Tee

Every time I see these overpriced shirts in stores I think; "I could do that", so I finally decided to break out some old fabric and get to work. This is definitely an instant gratification type project, as you can complete it from start to finish in about 30 minutes.

You Will Need:
1/4yd Fabric - [jersey works best]
Needle/Thread [doesn't matter the color, you won't see the thread anyway]
T-Shirt - I picked up these tees from Forever 21, and they were only $3.80 a piece!
Sewing Machine [optional]
Fabric Glue [optional]

Cut (8) strips of fabric 10 inches long, and 3 inches wide. You will need about (4) strips of ruffles for each shoulder. - I find it easier to cut using a rotary cutter vs scissors! You can find rotary cutters in your local Michael's or JoAnn's.

Fold each strip in half, and sew a running stitch [long stitch] down the center - You can hand stitch or machine stitch

Pull the bobbin thread [the thread at the end of the strip], to ruche your fabric together, this will create your ruffle

Pin your ruffles on your shirt, and hand stitch them in place [you can also use fabric glue]
Place the ruffles as close together as possible to avoid a skimpy look.
Below is another alternative if the whole "wing look" isn't for you. This time I chose to place the ruffles along the neckline!

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  1. Now THAT is cute! I pulled out my sewing machine just last week to fix some hems and rework some items. I also bought some fabric glue so I might have to try this project.

  2. I will be trying that look this weekend!

  3. OH SNAP!! love it..I'll def be trying this!


  4. I really need to pull out my sewing machine again so thanks for this post! Every fashionista needs to know how to jazz up an outfit LOL! You are awesome you can do everything:-) I will be trying this.

  5. Wow, it looks so different, no one would know it was a plain t-shirt before.

  6. couldnt stitch to save my life but this is fab!!

  7. Love this DIY, I actually saw a cute top like this in Topshop and took pics of the sleeves to recreate it myself but you did and now I can! Thanks xxo

  8. Oh my! I LOVE embellished tees, especially for work in the summer with a pencil skirt and killer high heels. Now I don't have to wait for clearance sales at J. Crew, lol. I will definitely be trying this out for myself and will give you a major shout out on my blog when I'm done.

    Thanks again!


  9. What type of sewing machine do you own? I'm looking to buy one and start sewing soon. Thank you in advance.

  10. That is cute. I might have to try that.

  11. Looks like i wont be bored for a few days.. Im really cheap so i may just be using old tshirt fabric to make the ruffles but thanks lol =)

  12. Ummmm....will you sell some!?!! I would pay top dollar!! You're so talented and I'm glad I found you on youtube!

  13. Thanks for doing this!

  14. All I can say is fab-u-lous. Very creative! Love it.

  15. This is so cool. Just yesterday on my flight back from Mexico I was admiring a girl's tank top with chiffon ruffles on the front. Very Very cool Moptop Maven. You definitely rock!

  16. This is such a cute DIY, I did a DIY ruffled and fringe purse, and 4got to photo blog the process because I was so wrapped up in my DIY.

    I have a Tee I'll be doing your DIY on, it's to freakin' cute loL!


  17. I love this idea! I will have to try to spruce up some of my favorite old tees.


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